Callum Smith opponent Lenin Castillo hospitalized, ‘responsive’ after brutal KO

Dominican boxer Gilbert Lenin Castillo was hospitalized following a vicious second-round knockout by Callum Smith throughout the undercard of Saturday’s Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight title combat.

The punch that knocked Castillo out landed on his temple and induced his legs to spasm whereas he lay inclined on the canvas. Referee Bob Williams did not hassle with a 10-count; he instantly known as the combat.

Smith climbed the ropes in celebration earlier than realizing the seriousness of the state of affairs. Castillo acquired ringside medical consideration earlier than leaving London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a stretcher.

Occasion promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing stated Castillo, 33, was “responsive” after needing consideration.

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Michael Benson, boxing editor at, reported that Castillo’s journey to the hospital was precautionary and that the fighter was acutely aware.

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Smith, 31, later spoke about his opponent, saying he wished Castillo (21-4-1, 16 KOs) effectively and hoped he was wholesome.

“It’s not good. I celebrated earlier than after which I spotted how unhealthy it was,” Smith (28-1, 20 KOs) informed reporters after the combat. “That’s the very last thing you wish to see. Boxing is a troublesome sufficient sport as it’s and all of us have households to go house to.”

The combat was Smith’s first since his unanimous determination loss to middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Dec. 19, 2020.

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